100 Years Ago: Friends Bid Farewell to Clifford Elliott, Born in Canada But Not a Canadian, Poster for Military Carnival, The Girl from Kokomo, Y.M.C.A. Minstrel Show

The Intelligencer May 22, 1918 (page 2)

“Address and Presentation. On Tuesday evening May 14th about eighty of the friends and neighbors assembled at the home of Mr. Simon Elliott, Huntingdon, to bid farewell to his youngest son, Clifford, who is about to don the khaki for King and country. Mr. S. Bird acted as chairman, and after the company had been called to order. The following address was read by Mr. A. Wannamaker:

Holloway, May 14th, 1918. Dear Clifford:—It is with mingled feelings of pride and sorrow that we, your friends, have gathered here to-night, in order to enjoy a social hour and to show by our presence the respect we have always felt for you. …  We are not here to bid you a long farewell, but to show in some tangible form the high esteem in which you are held and asking you to accept these tokens of our regard, which we trust will always remind you of the many friends in this vicinity. We entrust you to Him who promised to keep, support and defend, when trials overtake and danger is near. Signed on behalf of your friends, old and young. Wesley Wannamaker, Clinton Bird.

Clifford made a suitable reply, expressing his appreciation of the honor they had conferred upon him in presenting to him these gifts: a wrist watch, an Oddfellow’s ring and a fountain pen. After speeches by Mr. L. Robson, E. Bird and others and the singing of, ‘We’ll Never let the Old Flag Fail,’ lunch was served, and a social evening spent, after which the company dispersed to their homes.”

The Intelligencer May 22, 1918 (page 2)

“Born in Canada But Not a Canadian. The action of the Dominion Police in taking a local Chinaman in charge as a defaulter has created some discussion in legal circles in the city and it is very likely that some further action will follow. It is pointed out that although the Chinaman was born in Canada, he is not a British subject and was not naturalized. There are several Chinamen in the city who were born in Canada, but that fact it is said, does not make them Canadian citizens, and hence they are not liable to the Military Service Act. It is understood that the Chinamen of the city are placing the matter in the hands of a lawyer.”

The Intelligencer May 22, 1918 (page 3)

“Boost! Boost! Boost! The Great War Veterans’ First Re-union and Celebration June 3rd Belleville.

Grand Military Carnival. Horse Races, Baseball Match. And many Other Special Features to be announced later.”

The Intelligencer May 22, 1918 (page 7)

“While ‘The Girl From Kokomo’ is being presented by the Argyle Chapter, Daughters of the Empire, at Griffin’s Opera House on next Tuesday evening, May 28th for a worthy cause, that is, to buy wool for the soldiers’ socks, and anyone attending will be doing their little bit to help this most necessary work, the appeal for attendance can be made strictly on the merits of the comedy and the excellence of the presenting cast. …  The electrical effects are being carefully looked after, and the scenery and costumes will be charming to the eye.

The seats will go on sale at 9 o’clock tomorrow, Thursday morning at Doyle’s Drug Store, and as there will be a rush for seats, those who come first will get the best selection. The prices are $1.00, 75, 50 and 25¢.”

The Intelligencer May 22, 1918 (page 7)

“Y. M. C. A. Minstrel Show. Last evening in the City Hall a minstrel and vaudeville performance was put on by the Y. M. C. A. amateurs. The minstrels were for the most part teachers of the Ontario School for the Deaf. Although this is the second time this show has been witnessed by a Belleville audience the hall was filled and the event proved very successful. The proceeds will be used for patriotic purposes.”

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100 Years Ago: Thrift by Penny Bank Depositors, Farm Soldiers, Mother’s Day Observed by Soldiers, Military Carnival to Be Huge Success

The Intelligencer May 21, 1918 (page 2)

“Thrift Exhibited In Penny Banks. Penny Bank depositors have the reputation of being most patriotic savers and are in a large measure living up to the injunction issued last year, ‘Do not draw out until you need the money more than your country does.’

The children of a certain Indian reserve in Ontario have lived up to the letter of this injunction, and have never drawn a cent of their money for the last twelve months. The bank authorities were so much concerned about the strict observance of their suggestion that they wrote to the school teacher in charge of the Penny Bank on the reserve asking her if there was any misunderstanding. The teacher replied that the children quite realized that their deposits were available at any time, but that they were endeavoring to follow the advice to leave the money in the bank until they needed it more than their country did.”

The Intelligencer May 21, 1918 (page 2)

“Farm Soldiers. Seeing Mr. P. F. Brockel, Secretary of the Belleville Y.M.C.A. running around in a Ford car one might imagine that there was money in the Y. M. C. A. business. However, the car and Mr. Brockel just signify the desire of the Ontario Government that Mr. Brockel be given every facility to cover quickly the six counties allotted to him—his territory in connection with the Soldier of the Soil movement in national service.

The Soldier of the Soil, organized by the Ontario Government to help the farmers is operated under the auspices of the Y. M. C. A. National Council for Boys Work, and nearly one hundred boys have enlisted for farm work from the schools of Belleville and vicinity. The province is divided into districts with a Y.M.C.A. man in charge of each who will work in co-operation with the farmers needing farm labor and keep in touch with the boys working on the farms. Each Y.M.C.A. supervisor is supplied with a Ford car to enable him to look after his district efficiently.

Special examinations were held on April 20 for teen-age boys from the fourth book up and all boys taking high enough standing were permitted to enlist in the Soldiers of the Soil; reporting for farm duty by May 20, and upon giving three months farm service to be given their standing upon return to school. The boys completing their national service on the farms will be decorated with the National Badge of Honor, which is a neat bronze emblem surmounted by a beaver, sheaf of wheat centre and surrounded by scroll work inscribed as follows: ‘Canada Food Board.’ ‘Soldiers of the Soil.’ As a variation to farm life the Y.M.C.A. will provide entertainment of various kinds, picnics, etc., so that all work and no play will not make Jack a dull boy.”

The Intelligencer May 21, 1918 (page 4)

“Mother’s Love on the Battlefield. ‘Mother’s Day’ in Canada has not the deep significance which attaches to this very worthy tribute to the love, which only a mother can inspire, among the soldiers on the firing line. Mother’s Day was fittingly observed by the soldiers in France on May 12; Y.M.C.A. officers being prominent in the movement. One hundred and fifty thousand specially printed sheets of notepaper were supplied the soldiers, besides twenty-five thousand special cards bearing a message to Canadian mothers. That message, which expresses the unalterable determination of the soldiers of Canada to prosecute the war until victory is secured reads in part:

The Gift of Freedom. ‘It is really you, our mothers and our homes, for whom we are fighting. When the gift of freedom is ours then we will come home and lay it reverently at your feet, for it will be hallowed by the blood of many comrades. Then we shall devote our lives to service in our country, in the upbuilding of happy homes and noble citizenship. Pray for us that this high and holy vision may be ours—that we may be given courage and patience to finish our task. What a glorious home-coming there will be! Till then we remain where we are, fighting for our mothers and homes.”

The Intelligencer May 21, 1918 (page 6)

“Some Big Event For Veterans Celebration. Grand Military Carnival For June 3rd Promises To Be a Huge Success. Some startling announcements of novel events for Belleville’s Big Day are assured in a very few days. Two members of the entertainment committee left to-day for Toronto, where they expect to make final arrangements for some big special features that are sure to put the first Great War Veterans’ Reunion of this district, a huge success. Watch the local papers for special announcement in the very near future.”

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100 Years Ago: Belleville Women Knit Weekly, All Must Carry Papers in June, Successful West Belleville Tag Day, Harry Pound Called to Duty

The Intelligencer May 20, 1918 (page 2)

“Belleville Women Knit Weekly in ‘Rainbow Circles’. Twenty Circles, With Twenty Members in Each, Turn Out 1,000 Socks Monthly—A Model Organization Started Just After The War Broke. (Toronto Star Weekly)

In the first month after war was declared, Belleville women organized their ‘Rainbow Circles.’ They have twenty of them with twenty women in each. A few circles are made up of young, unmarried women, and the others of married women. Each circle has its own particular color. When a pair of socks is completed it is marked with the Circle color and all are handed to the Convenor, who in turn passes them on to the Red Cross Society. The mark of the Circle color gives the convenor a chance to tally up and see which Circle has done its duty for the week or month. Each woman is supposed to complete at least one pair of socks a week. The combined Circles’ work always tally up over 1,000 pairs a month.

Lately they have taken to having some of the ‘legs’ knitted by a machine, and the Circle women hand-knit the feet. So to each meeting the convenor comes with a supply of ‘legs’ and a big quantity of wool. The legs they have knitted by a woman who has a machine in her home and is glad to do it for 10 cents a pair. She does her ‘bit’ by her low charge.

Each circle meets once a week at the home of some members from 2 to 5.30 o’clock, so they get in a good bit of knitting during that time. There is no law against talking while the knitting is going on! Then of course, the knitting is taken home and worked at there. Towards the close of this weekly knitting party a cup of tea is served with a slice or two of bread and butter or biscuits. The rules about the ‘eats’ are very strict, and no one is allowed to go beyond this simple menu, for the Rainbow Circles are out to do business and comprise intelligent, patriotic women. If any of the members live in apartments or board and cannot thus take their turn at entertaining their circle they are allowed ‘the privilege’ of paying in a dollar or so instead.

Each member pays a 10-cent weekly fee, which helps to buy wool. The younger circles, however, pay a 10-cent monthly fee. (They are daughters of those belonging to older circles.)

The ‘Rainbows’ had no difficulty in raising the wherewithal to buy wool. One of their fetes was on a big scale and held in the Armouries. At this each circle had its own booth decorated in colors of its circle, and sold whatever that circle saw fit to sell. Then they have ‘showers’ for the boys’ Christmas boxes. And hope when ‘the boys come home’ to give them some kind of a big celebration.

‘Everything goes on without the slightest friction. We never have any quarreling, and we’ve just accomplished wonders,’ said an enthusiastic member. ‘Then it’s got the women acquainted with each other drawn some ‘out of their shells’ and helped keep them from feeling so blue over the war—for our weekly gatherings are so friendly and nice.’

No doubt a great deal of the success of these circles is due to the promoter and originator of the Rainbow Circle idea, Mrs. (Dr.) Yeomans—she is the head convenor. Mrs. Yeomans has thrown herself heart and soul into the work. Her two sons were amongst the first (and youngest) Belleville boys to enlist for overseas service. One of them is now a prisoner in Germany, the other killed in action.”

The Intelligencer May 20, 1918 (page 3)

“All Must Carry Papers in June To Avoid Arrest. A far reaching amendment to the Military Service Act that covers every man in Toronto and throughout the Dominion, under the order-in-Council passed on April 30, has been received by C. Leslie Wilson, Military registrar.

The order states that, beginning June 1, all persons who claim not to be in Class One under the Military Service Act must carry papers at all times with the proper certificates of proof that they do not come within Class One. The identification papers must either be a birth certificate or a marriage license. The act previously covered only the men of Class One and has now been stretched to take in all classes.”

The Intelligencer May 20, 1918 (page 5)

“Successful Tag Day. The War Workers of West Belleville in conjunction with the members of the Victory Club, also of West Belleville on Saturday conducted a successful tag day in the city. During the day and evening many ladies and young women were engaged in disposing of tags. When the boxes were all turned in and counted the amount secured totalled $685.25.”

The Intelligencer May 20, 1918 (page 5)

“Honored Young Soldier. A number of friends and neighbors gathered at the house of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Pound to spend an evening with their son Harry, who has been called to military duty. The following address was read by Rev. Mr. McMullen, while Mr. S. Heene presented Harry with a wrist watch.

Canifton, May 13th, 1918. Dear Harry:—We, a few of your many friends, knowing that you were about to leave us in response to the call of your country for the defence of our free institutions and for the preservation of justice and liberty for the whole world, feel that we could not allow you to depart from our midst, from the hearts that love you and the dear old home that is devoted to you without in some way expressing to you the very high esteem in which you are held by this dear old community in which you were born and reared. …

As a slight token of the esteem in which you are held by us, we ask you to accept this wrist watch with the assurance that you will ever live in our hearts and prayers.”

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100 Years Ago: Sergeant Arthur Edward McGlashon Improving, Arthur Nelson Pyear Leaves for Overseas, Lieut. R. Scott and Wife Return to Stirling, Cadet Blue Knitting Circle Holds Tea

The Intelligencer May 18, 1918 (page 2)

“Sergt. McGlashon Is Improving. Mrs. McGlashon wife of Sergt McGlashon, caretaker of the Armouries, in this city, is in receipt of the following communication which refers to her son, Sergt. A. E. McGlashon, who some months ago was seriously wounded: NO. 5 Canadian General Hospital, Kirkdalt, Liverpool, April 30th, 1918.

Dear Mrs. McGlashon:—I am writing to let you know that your son, Sgt. A. E. McGlashon, is now in Ward A, in the above Hospital. I have had the pleasure of calling upon him from time to time during the past few months. His cheerfulness and good spirit were always an inspiration to me. Now he is still more happy, that he is among Canadians in a Canadian institution.

Before long, I cannot tell you definitely, but it is not likely to be more than four weeks at the very latest we expect he will be on his way back to Canada. For this I am sure you will be very grateful. Should you receive a cable with the simple message ‘Leaving,’ you will know that he has got started. Our hospital ships travel with practically absolute safety, so that you need have no fears of his coming to any grief on the water.

His wound, as you know, was quite severe, but in time he will recover almost, if not altogether, completely. In all your anxiety for him you have had our thought and prayers, and now that he will soon be restored to you, you have our congratulations. Yours very sincerely, James W. Melvin, Capt.”

The Intelligencer May 18, 1918 (page 3)

“Bade Farewell To Soldier Boy. On Thursday evening, May 9th, about 100 of the friends and neighbors assembled at the home of Mr. Richard Pyear, River Road to bid farewell to his youngest son Arthur, who expects to leave shortly for overseas service. During the evening the following address was read by Albert Carlisle:

Mr. Arthur Pyear, Stirling. Dear Friend and Neighbor,—We, some of your neighbors and friends, have met before your departure for overseas and the great war to voice our appreciation of you as one of the boys of our church and community and to wish you Godspeed and a safe return. …  Today we recognize that the greatest service a young man can render his generation is to help preserve to his fellowmen the privileges and freedom our fathers won and handed down to us. …

In accepting this wrist watch and fountain pen our hope is that you will be frequently reminded of the love of your friends and that some of us will frequently hear from you and of your welfare. Signed on behalf of your many friends, Geo. R. Meggison, Henry Farrell, Albert C. Carlisle.

Mr. Richard Pyear and son, Arthur, made suitable replies, thanking their friends and neighbors for the remembrances. Rev. F. H. Howard acted as chairman and addressed the gathering. Speeches were also made by Gilbert Windsor, Geo. Meggison and others. A piano solo by Miss Vera Hubbell and songs by Miss Viola Windsor, Miss Edith Abbott and Frank Abbott formed a very enjoyable part of the program. Lunch was served and in the ‘wee sma’ hours of the morning the gathering dispersed after singing the National Anthem.”

The Intelligencer May 18, 1918 (page 5)

“Welcomed Home. Lieut. R. Scott and Mrs. Scott arrived in Stirling Wednesday on the 6:30 train and were greeted by the ringing of all the church bells and the cheers and congratulations of a large number of friends who had assembled at the station. Lieut. Scott left Canada about two years ago, having enlisted with the 80th Battalion, and served as a gallant son of the Empire in the firing line in France, where he was wounded and afterwards invalided home.”

The Intelligencer May 18, 1918 (page 6)

“Birthday Party. Yesterday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Y.M.C.A. the Cadet Blue Knitting Circle held a most successful At Home in the form of a birthday party. The arrangements and decorations of the spacious rooms were beautiful, the color scheme being cadet blue with cowslips and various spring flowers.

Mrs. Clarke, convenor of the Circle, assisted by Mrs. S. Bongard, received; Miss M. Campbell took the pennies at the door from the many that attended. Refreshments were served by the seventeen ladies who belong to the Circle. Tea was poured by Mrs. G. Simmons and Mrs. A. Thrasher. The proceeds, which amounted to a goodly sum, will be used for socks and comforts for the soldiers.”

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100 Years Ago: Coal Arrives for Schuster Company, Food Regulations Explained, Harry Ponton Treated for Mustard Gas Poisoning, William Day Appointed to Sell Surplus Fish

The Intelligencer May 17, 1918 (page 2)

“Coal Arrivals. The Schooner ‘Jamieson’ arrived in port this morning with a cargo of nut coal for The Schuster Company Limited. The Schooner ‘Filer’ unloaded a cargo of part nut coal and part Furnace coal for The Schuster Company Limited last week and is now enroute to Belleville with a second cargo of furnace coal. The Schuster Company Limited have also received several cars of nut and stove coal during the last few weeks, this firm having received in all over 2,000 tons recently, all freshly mined prepared sizes, high grade coal.

Furthermore The Schuster Company Limited have arrangements made for these boats to return immediately for several more cargoes, which considering the great scarcity of the black diamonds speaks well for the energy and progressiveness of this firm who are evidently putting forth every effort to secure all the coal possible for the people of Belleville.

The Fuel Controller of Canada urges every one who possibly can do so to get their coal in early, which would appear to be a very wise precaution.”

The Intelligencer May 17, 1918 (page 7)

“Explained Food Regulations. Mr. F. W. Mossop, representing the Canada Food Board, called upon the proprietors of hotels, restaurants and boarding houses yesterday, and explained the government war regulations and restrictions upon the use of food. Mr. Mossop also called upon the Chief of Police, whose duty it will be to enforce the food regulations and explained the scope, purpose and penalties of the law.”

The Intelligencer May 17, 1918 (page 7)

“Suffering from Hun Gas. Lieut. Harry H. Ponton of the Canadian Artillery, is home from the front for a few days. He is undergoing special surgical treatment for mustard gas poison and is to return to his battery, with which he participated in the opening stages of the last great movement. Lieut. Ponton has been a soldier from boyhood in the 15th Battalion, A.L.I., and has completed 16 years of continuous service. He has been in several battles with the Canadian ordnance and artillery and has been in close touch with other Bay of Quinte boys throughout.”

The Intelligencer May 17, 1918 (page 7)

“Government Fish Depot. Mr. William Day, of Belleville, who is well known in the city, has been appointed by the Provincial Government as the agent in Belleville to sell here a portion of the surplus stock of fresh fish which will be procured from Lake Ontario and the inland lakes.

The City Council has taken action in the matter and Mr. Day has been endorsed as the Government agent on condition that he puts up a sufficient bond to protect the city and government, which he is prepared to do. At present Mr. Day is unable to state the quantity which will be sent here, but  the species at present will be lake trout, pickerel and whitefish. The price will be fixed by the Government.

A shop for both the wholesale and retail trade will be established on Front street. Mr. Day is perfectly qualified in every respect to perform the duties he has undertaken.”

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100 Years Ago: Notice to Coal Consumers, Harry Sayers Honoured by Friends, Automobile Show, Y.M.C.A. Canvass, Boy Knits Socks, Aeroplane Falls on Agricultural Park

The Intelligencer May 16, 1918 (page 2)

“Notice to Coal Consumers. Owing to the very unsettled condition of the coal situation on account of the state of uncertainty and suspense which has been created in the minds of coal consumers, we deem it our duty to advise our customers that we are in a position at present to accept and fill all orders for coal of the various prepared sizes in accordance with Governmental Regulations and we most respectfully suggest to all concerned to take in their Fuel supply for the coming winter at the earliest possible time, in order to avoid the many hardships endured by the Public the past season. The F. S. ANDERSON CO., 42 Bridge St., Belleville.”

The Intelligencer May 16, 1918 (page 5)

“Roslin Soldier Was Honored By Friends. A number of the friends and neighbors of Mr. Harry Sayers gathered at the home of his mother on the evening of May 13th to express their appreciation of his many acts of kindness before leaving at the call of duty. The following address was then read:

To Mr. Harry Sayers: Dear Friend,—We, your neighbors wish to take this opportunity of expressing toward you at this time our feelings of esteem and appreciation. The times in which we are living are the most momentous for many centuries. …  the need for men is great, thus the call for men has come with insistence and clearness not heard before, and while much as we deplore the necessity, yet we rejoice that you have not shirked that call for duty and are giving yourself upon the altar of your country’s sacrifice.

As you are about to leave us we ask you to accept this purse, not for its intrinsic value, but rather as a token of our regard and esteem. We trust that it will ever remind you of your many friends and associates whom you leave behind. We pray that God may keep you and that in the hour of duty you may be sustained and that when the war drum throbs no longer you will proudly return to home and loved ones conscious that you have done your duty. Signed on behalf of your friends, John Johnson, J. W. Kerr.

After the address was read Rev. R. T. Richards made some very appropriate remarks. The gathering broke up by singing the National Anthem.”

The Intelligencer May 16, 1918 (page 5)

“Get Together. The Automobile Show can be made an unqualified success if everybody interested jumps in and helps to make it so. It would be a pity if business rivalry or any side issues should prevent this patriotic event from being the ‘biggest and best ever.’ Get together and boost the show.”

The Intelligencer May 16, 1918 (page 5)

“Y.M.C.A. Canvass. The campaign inaugurated yesterday to procure $6,000 for the local Y.M.C.A. was fairly successful. While the desired amount was not reached in the first day’s canvass, it is confidently expected that it will be secured. The canvassers were to-day again busy calling upon citizens who were unable to be seen yesterday. The amount already secured is over $4,000.”

The Intelligencer May 16, 1918 (page 5)

“A Boy Knitter. A fine example has been set by a boy named Vincent Hodgins, living on Dunbar street. Vincent is ten years of age. He earned the money, bought yarn and knit two pairs of socks for a Belleville soldier, Bandsman Harry A. Thompson, serving in France. He also offered 25¢ for postage, but on being told the postage would be paid insisted that bars of chocolate be enclosed in the parcel.”

The Intelligencer May 16, 1918 (page 6)

“Flight Cadet Crashes Down On Roof At Fair Grounds. Last evening the residents of West Belleville were considerably excited over the fall of an aeroplane, on the west side of the Agricultural Park. About eight o’clock two planes circled about the western part of the city, both flying low. One, No. C640, driven by Flight Cadet Williams, alighted just west of the St. Michael’s Church grove and owing to the tire of one of the landing wheels being punctured it was some time before repairs were made.

It was nearly dusk when Cadet Williams started up again with the intention of making the camp at Deseronto as soon as possible. He circled toward the Agricultural Park, and it was apparent to a number of onlookers that he was having trouble with the engine, which was back-firing. Just as the western side of the fair ground was reached the machine plunged down nose first, and while the nose struck the ground, the great portion of the machine fell upon the row of stalls used for housing horses during exhibition time.

The crash and sound of breaking boards was heard for a considerable distance and in a few minutes many were at the scene of the accident. Williams was able to get out of the machine and it was seen that he was injured as his face was covered with blood. …

The plane was badly smashed, no part being intact except the propeller, which was on the roof of the shed. This morning the wrecking crew and motor truck from the camp arrived here and collected the broken up machine. The scene of the accident was visited by hundreds and pieces of the broken plane were taken away as souvenirs.”

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100 Years Ago: Registration Day on June 22, 1918, Poster for Royal Flying Corps, Belleville Cheese Board Red Cross Society Report, Y.M.C.A. Drive for $6,000

The Intelligencer May 15, 1918 (page 3)

“Saturday, June 22, Is Registration Day. Ottawa. Provided the many and intricate details of organization can be completed in time, Saturday, June 22, will be the day upon which general registration will take place.

In many towns and cities organization is all ready well under way. Public schools and teaching staffs have in a large number of instances been placed at the disposal of the registrars. It is the desire of the Government that registration shall be carried out with the least possible interruption of business and with a minimum inconvenience to employees. Provision had therefore been made to permit large industrial and business concerns to register their employees, an officer of the company, foreman of other employees being sworn as deputy registrar. These registrations can take place several days prior to the date of registration, provided the formalities are complied with. …

In addition to the obvious object to be served by thorough and efficient work it is pointed out that if the war continues it may be necessary to have recourse to the rationing system, in which event the facts obtained through registration will be of great value.”

The Intelligencer May 15, 1918 (page 6)

Ad for Royal Flying Corps“Personality Counts in the Air. War in the air as it is waged to-day recalls the olden times, when knights rode forth to battle and won honor and glory by their deeds of personal heroism.

The life of an aviator is full of romance, action, adventure, opportunities for glorious achievement, everything that could stir the imagination of a valorous young man.

Men with nerve, courage and sound physique, are needed to maintain the supremacy of the air. There are hundreds of Canadians now training for Commissions in the service.

Recruiting Office, A. R. Walker, Public Library, Belleville.”

The Intelligencer May 15, 1918 (page 7)

“Eighteen New Societies Organized By Red Cross. Summary of the work of the Woman’s Department of the Belleville Cheese Board District Branch, C.R.C.S., during the year ending February 28, 1918.

The work of this branch of the Canadian Red Cross Society has steadily increased, eighteen new societies being added the past year. A detailed report of all supplies is given through the press each month. A complete record is kept of all articles received, where despatched and when acknowledged by the hospitals or Canadian War Contingent Association.

To all those who have contributed money and supplies, to the wardens of St. Thomas’ Church for the use of the parish hall for the packings, to the board of the Bridge St. Methodist Church for the basement for the February packing, and to the Ontario and The Intelligencer the thanks of the Woman’s Department are due and are hereby gratefully tendered.”

The Intelligencer May 15, 1918 (paged 7)

“Y.M.C.A. Drive. A campaign to raise $6,000 for the Belleville Y.M.C.A. was started in this city this morning, and over forty canvassers were busily engaged taking subscriptions for this worthy object. Last night at the Y.M.C.A. auditorium the canvassers and a few others interested in the work were entertained to a tea, which was provided by the energetic band of ladies who are members of the Y.M.C.A. auxiliary. The spread provided was all that could have been desired, and it is needless to state, was thoroughly enjoyed.

In the absence of the President of the Association, Mr. H. Ackerman, Vice President, presided over the gathering, and briefly outlined the object of the assembly, and also gave some instructions to the canvassers.

Mr. D. V. Sinclair delighted all present when he announced that he had already secured two subscriptions of $500 each, and nine of $100 each towards $3,000 aimed at by large subscriptions. Rev. Dr. Scott, pastor of Bridge Street Church being called upon, gave an excellent and inspiring talk upon Y. M. C. A. work. Brief addresses were also given by others who were present.

The canvassers were abroad at an early hour this morning and the prospects are bright for securing the amount aimed at.”

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100 Years Ago: Patriotic Bazaar at Point Anne, Letter from Overseas, Belleville Y.M.C.A. Boys on Firing Line, Fuel Committee Plans, Canniff Ross Foster Killed in Action, Campaign for Y.M.C.A. Begins

The Intelligencer May 14, 1918 (page 3)

“Patriotic Bazaar At Point Anne. The Junior Red Cross Club of Point Anne, on Friday evening, held a very successful bazaar and concert in the school house, which was decorated and illuminated by electric light for the occasion. In spite of the disagreeable weather there was a very good attendance, and much interest was taken in the bazaar, which contributed very largely to the proceeds.

The splendid concert given by local talent was presided over by Mr. Harry McKay of Belleville, who is well known as a humorist. …  Following the concert the balance of the bazaar stock was auctioned off by Mr. Harry Crosby in a very creditable manner. The drawing for the tiedown resulted in favor of Miss Libb Sweenor. The gross receipts, amounting to $137, has been turned over to Mrs. E. G. Bennett, President of the Red Cross Society.”

The Intelligencer May 14, 1918 (page 3)

“Mrs. Arthur Naylor, 390 Bleecker Avenue, city, is in receipt of the following letter from overseas: France, April 15, 1918.

Dear Sister and Brother:—I received your letter of February 15th the other day, while in the line. I am still in but expect to go out for a few days soon. …  I was glad to hear that you and Art were keeping well this winter and hope this finds you the same. I am feeling fine myself. So you have had a pretty severe winter? You sure were in luck to have your coal in before the shortage. I guess from all accounts it was pretty hard for some people to make ends meet in Canada this winter. …

Well, Essie, by the time you receive this I suppose Spring will be there and you and Art will be busy making garden and fixing up the lawn for the summer. You want to have lots of flowers when I come home this summer (maybe). …  I suppose you and Art will be sporting a car soon now, that is if gasoline is not cut off in Canada.

Say, Essie, I received a box from the Rebecca Lodge at home, and it was sure a dandy. They send one every month to all the brothers of the Lodge, and you can bet we all appreciate them. I know one who if he has the good fortune to get back safely will attend the Lodge more regularly. …  The boys have just come back from the Y. M. with some canned peaches and milk, so will stop and try some. Good bye, with love, P. H. Naylor.”

The Intelligencer May 14, 1918 (page 4)

“170 Belleville Y. M. C. A. Boys on the Firing Line. Belleville Y. M. C. A. enjoys the proud distinction of having one hundred and seventy names on its Honor Roll of members serving King and country overseas and all are kept in good standing free of dues and entitled to all Y. M. C. A. privileges wherever they may be.

More than that, all men in uniform are accorded Y. M. C. A. privileges without payment of membership fees in Canada and overseas. This is one more reason why the drive of the local Y. M. C. A. for funds to carry on the work here and wipe out the indebtedness should be heartily supported.”

The Intelligencer May 14, 1918 (page 5)

“Fuel Committee Meeting. At a meeting of the fuel committee of the City Council held last evening arrangements were made with several of the carters of the city to haul coal and wood which the committee is procuring. The committee expects to have both coal and wood for sale within a few days.”

The Intelligencer May 14, 1918 (page 5)

“Killed in Action. Mrs. Caniff Foster of Corbyville, has received word that her husband Pte. Caniff Ross Foster, of the Canadian Mounted Rifles, has been officially reported killed in action on April 20th. He enlisted in the 235th Battalion at Belleville in November 1916, and went overseas the following April, where he was transferred to the 134th Battalion (48th Highlanders). In February 1918, he went to France and joined his twin brothers, who have been serving in the Canadian Mounted Rifles since December, 1916.

Pte. Foster was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Foster of Hillier, and grandson of the late Theodore Foster of Bloomfield. He was married only two days after enlisting his wife being Miss Helen Gilbert, daughter of Mr. Bert Gilbert of Corbyville.”

[Note: Private Canniff Ross Foster died on April 20, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 409 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer May 14, 1918 (page 5)

“Y.M.C.A. Financial Drive. In spite of war conditions and a seriously depleted senior membership the Belleville Y.M.C.A. have carried on their work during the past three years. This has been made possible largely by the generosity of the citizens who have so generously supported the work.

The Directors feel that the work should be continued for the sake of the boys of Belleville and the members of the Association, over 175 of whom have gone overseas and who will look to the Association more than ever upon their return as a result of the excellent work done by the Overseas Y.M.C.A. To wipe out present indebtedness and the balance of the mortgage on the local building and provide for current expenses for the year, it will require $6,000, in addition to all other available money.

A campaign will be launched at a workers’ tea at 6.30 in the Y.M.C.A. tonight, to secure this $6,000 required in a ward canvass Wednesday morning, May 15th. Strong teams have been lined up for each ward and determined efforts will be made to clean up this campaign in a half day.”


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100 Years Ago: Marmora and Tyendinaga Farmers to Protest, Canadian Factories Busy, Letters of Thanks, Belleville Soldiers of the Soil, Lieut. E. A. Geen Appointed Collector of Customs, Canadian Casualties, Private Charles Hilton Dies in Italy, Great War Veterans Plan Military Carnival June 3rd

The Intelligencer May 13, 1918 (page 1)

“Farmers Will Make Protest Against The Military Call.

Marmora Township. A meeting of the yeomen of Marmora Township for the purpose of considering the advisability of sending representatives to join the delegation which will go to Ottawa to wait on the Minister of Agriculture, and other members of the Government to present the needs of the farmer, particularly in regard to farm labor.

Some present were opposed to sending a deputation to Ottawa, but it was decided to do so and Messrs. E. E. Laycock, Reeve of the Township and Oliver Airhart were appointed delegates and it was unanimously decided to ask the Council of the Municipality to pay expenses.

Tyendinaga Farmers. A meeting of the farmers of Tyendinaga was held in the Melrose Town Hall on Friday evening, the 11th inst. to discuss matters relating to the farm labor situation. The meeting was a great success, about thirty-five being present. At the end of the meeting four delegates were appointed to represent the township at Ottawa along with the delegates from other townships who are to appear before the Government on the 14th of May, to appeal against the decision at which the Government has arrived, and in order to get some of the necessary help to remain on the farms.

The delegates appointed were Messrs. Peter McLaren, Deputy Reeve, Dennis Hanley, ex-warden, Geo. Lazier and Fred Robinson. They will leave for Ottawa on Monday, at two o’clock via C.N.R.”

The Intelligencer May 13, 1918 (page 1)

“Canadian Factories Are Humming Night And Day. From Coast to Coast Canada Is Humming With Industry—Work For Everybody And Skilled Workers Scarce—High Cost Of Living Only Fly In The Ointment.

Belleville plant of Canada Steel Co. is running day and night shifts. …

Canada Cement’s Belleville plant is busy. …

Pulp and paper mills are working at capacity. …

Need for skilled caulkers is so great in British Columbia that one Victoria shipyard has established a school to teach the trade. …

Shortage of materials is hampering knitting mills.”

The Intelligencer May 13, 1918 (page 3)

“Soldiers Delighted With Gifts From Belleville. The report of the Canadian Red Cross Society, Belleville Cheese Board District Branch, for April, is as follows: The following letters, with others have been received recently, gratefully acknowledging boxes sent by the branch of the C. R. C. S.:

No. 13 Can. General Hospital, Hastings, England.

‘Please accept our grateful thanks for boxes from your Society containing bed socks and pyjamas. They came at a time when we were needing pyjamas badly. I wish I could tell you just how much all these gifts from home mean to us. I would hate to think of trying to “carry on” without them. Please convey my thanks to the members of the Belleville Cheese Board District, Canadian Red Cross Society. Sincerely yours, (Sgd.) A. C. Strong, Matron.’

No. 3 Can. Gen. Hospital, (McGill). Boulogne, France.

‘Some cases of hospital supplies, which you were good enough to ship to the officer commanding this unit, have been placed in my hands for distribution amongst the patients. On their behalf and on behalf of the unit, I wish to thank your Society very much indeed for the very suitable and beautifully made assortment of articles in these boxes. To have these extras added to the regular issue from Ordnance, just makes the difference in many instances between actual necessities for the wounded, and their comfort.

The nursing sisters and I always wish the wounded men who are going through to hospital ship from this unit to go as comfortable and well clad as possible, and although we can draw from Ordnance many things, yet there are often lacking little things such as your Society has sent to us.

I am grateful to you for mentioning my name in connection with the boxes and I beg to extend to the members of your Society our very sincere thanks for the gifts which you keep sending from time to time. With renewed thanks, Yours very sincerely, (Sgd.) K. O. MacLatchy, Matron, P.A.M.C.’ ”

The Intelligencer May 13, 1918 (page 5)

“Soldiers of the Soil. The boys of Belleville have responded nobly to the call for help on the farms. Almost all of the older boys in attendance at the local High School and a number of older boys from the Public Schools have gone out to the farms in this vicinity. At least fifty boys from Belleville are now tilling the soil, helping in the movement for greater production. A number of other boys will go out at the end of the school term. Every available man and boy will be needed to help with the crops this year, especially as the need for men overseas is so great that a number of farmers will be pressed into the military service.

The Ontario Government has asked the Boys’ Department of the National Y.M.C.A. to supervise the boys who go on the farms and the secretaries are being enlisted in this work for the summer. Each man is given a number of counties to look after and a Ford car as a means of transportation. It is the duties of these men to see that the boys get proper consideration and also that they give proper service. They will also distribute the National Badge of Honor which is given by the Canada Food Board to every boy and girl from 13 to 19 years who serves off the land, or in a cheese or butter factory.

The Ontario Educational Department cooperates in this movement by allowing all pupils who passed the prescribed test at Easter time their school standing for the term. Mr. P. F. Brockel, secretary of the local Y.M.C.A. has been asked to become the supervisor for this district, covering the counties of Northumberland, Victoria, Peterborough and Haliburton. Mr. H. W. Kingerly, who supervised this district last year, is now overseas serving with the Canadian army as a Y.M.C.A. officer.”

The Intelligencer May 13, 1918 (page 5)

“Lieut. E. A. Geen. The announcement that Lieut. E. A. Geen has been appointed Collector of Customs at Belleville in succession to the late Mr. Arthur McGinnis, will be received with pleasure by Lieut. Geen’s many friends and the citizens generally, the appointee being particularly well qualified to fill the position and having a gentle and courteous disposition which is always a valuable asset in the public service.

Lieut. Geen went overseas as a private with the fighting 21st Battalion, which has such a gallant service record and served in the trenches in France, winning his promotion to a Lieutenancy upon the field of battle. He was later transferred to special duty in England, and later returned to Canada.

The appointment of Lieut. Geen to this important position is in accord with the policy of Mr. Porter, Member of Parliament for West Hastings, to fill all offices as far as possible, with returned soldiers.

It is said that Mr. Porter had to fight hard against strong opposition to have this appointment conform to his wishes. The strong influences now exerted at Ottawa in favor of all appointments coming through the Civil Service had other plans for the Belleville Customs office than the appointment of a returned soldier but Mr. Porter won his point eventually, and the appointment of Lieut. Geen was officially announced today.

The new Collector of Customs is the son of Rev. A. L. Geen of Belleville, and although a young man in years is fully qualified to fill the office, having been connected with the Customs Service before the war and also having had considerable experience in the banking business. He was born and brought up in Belleville.”

The Intelligencer May 13, 1918 (page 6)

“Casualties Among Canadian Troops. Killed. Ivanhoe—J. F. Rollins.

Died of Wounds. Stirling—C. L. Bird; Madoc—H. Phillips; Queensboro—R. Alexander.

Wounded. Belleville—W. N. Casselman; Hermon—J. S. Adams; Tweed—M. J. Woodcock; Bancroft—B. Vader.”

[Note: Private James Flemming Rollins died on April 27, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 494 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

[Note: Private Clement Lockard Bird died on April 28, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 368 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

[Note: Private Herbert Phillips died on April 27, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 485 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

[Note: Private Robert Alexander died on April 21, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 358 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer May 13, 1918 (page 6)

“Belleville Soldier Died In Italy. Mrs. C. Hilton has received a letter from the Chaplain of the Battalion her late soldier husband was connected with. Pte. Hilton died in Italy of wounds received in action.

The letter is as follows: 3 Canadian Italy Hospital, April 18, 1918. Dear Mrs. Hilton,—It is with deep sorrow that I write to you re the passing away of your dear husband, Pte. C. Hilton who was brought to this hospital very seriously wounded on the night of the 16th and died at midday on the 17th. His wound was a shrapnel one in the arm and leg. He did not suffer much, as he was unconscious.  He gave all he had—his life and I know he has gone to his reward. We laid his body to rest in the military Cemetery, Doullens, with all military honour and respect. May God comfort you in your great sorrow. I am, in deep sympathy, Sincerely yours, G. H. Andrews, Chaplain.”

[Note: Private Charles Hilton died on April 17, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 429 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer May 13, 1918 (page 6)

“Extensive Preparation For 3rd Of June Demonstration. The greatest demonstration that Belleville has witnessed in many years is assured on June 3rd, if the plans of the Great War Veterans are carried out as they now stand. Horse races, a grand military carnival and many other special events that are to be announced in the near future are being arranged for. A special effort is being made to obtain some very exclusive features, which if successful, are sure to make the Veterans’ celebration a banner day in the history of Belleville. Watch the local papers for future announcements.”

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100 Years Ago: A Patriotic Pig, Automobile Show Proceeds for Patriotic Purposes, Conscientious Objector, Boys to Donate to Red Triangle Fund

The Intelligencer May 11, 1918 (page 5)

“A Patriotic Pig. Mr. W. D. Reed, residing on the Front of Thurlow, has a brood sow which apparently realizes the necessity there is of providing pork to feed the allies. She recently gave birth to nineteen little porkers.”

The Intelligencer May 11, 1918 (page 5)

“Automobile Show Here. Arrangements are being made for the holding of an automobile show in the Armouries here on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of May, which promises to be a successful and interesting affair. Permission to use the Armouries has been obtained from the Militia Department. The proceeds of the affair will be devoted to patriotic purposes.”

The Intelligencer May 11, 1918 (page 5)

“A Conscientious Objector. Oliver K. Pimlott, a young man well known in Belleville as a singer and church worker, also as a hockeyist, was apprehended yesterday under the Military Service Act as an absentee, and later was taken by an escort to the military depot at Kingston.

Although notified to report for service he neglected to do so,and it is said that his reason for not doing so was that he is what is termed a ‘conscientious objector.’ The young man attended Albert College here for some time with the intention of qualifying himself for the ministry. Of late, it is alleged, he identified himself with a religious order which is against war in any form and the shedding of blood.”

The Intelligencer May 11, 1918 (page 5)

“Earn and Give Campaign. In conjunction with the two and a quarter million dollar Red Triangle Fund which is being raised across Canada for Y.M.C.A. work for soldiers at home and abroad, a special boys’ fund is being promoted whereby 6000 boys are being asked to give $60,000 in ten dollar units, it being understood that they must earn the money themselves or give it out of their allowance or savings. They have to October 1st to make the payments. A regular bond is issued and coupons given as receipts for each payment.

Mr. F. S. Deacon, the local director for the campaign, reports that to date 44 boys have signed up for the Belleville district. It is expected that at least 50 will be secured here. Mr. Ellis of the local Y.M.C.A. who has been organizing seven counties in this district reports excellent returns from all centres. The general fund for the Red Triangle for this district has been covered by grants from the Belleville City Council and County Council of Hastings.”

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